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Horst Steinke


la lengua divina, que como tal es una revelación de los dioses, en particular de

Júpiter […] (In that first human “state” his experience is that of finding him-

self “inside” a language, he not being its originator. To exist inside this lan-

guage is for the human living in a world of meanings, the divine language

which as such is a revelation of the gods, in particular of Jupiter […])» (Id.,


la lengua heróica del

Diritto universale

a la lengua divina de la

Scienza nuova, cit., p. 63).


Wohlfart was therefore justified in calling language «strumento di tutti

gli strumenti (tool of all tools)» (Id.,

Vico e il carattere poetico del linguaggio

, cit., p. 90).


G. Palma employs a similar figure of speech: «Vico emphasizes the

elasticity of language, equating to humanity’s innate sense of adaptation.

Through verbal and written communication – which also includes the poetic

language of laws – humanity modifies and improves social institutions» (Id.,

Utopian Worlds: Vico, La Capria and Mazzotta

, in «MLN», 127, 2012, 1, pp. S32-

S41, p. S33). Kelemen agrees with this assessment: «Ma a parte la “lingua” dei

miti, Vico considera anche i principali tipi delle lingue come espressioni di

continuti sociali analoghi o come produtti e strumenti dei singoli gruppi socia-

li. […] Ciò è in stretta relazione con la tesi che la lingua è uno strumento di

potere (But starting with the “language” of myths, Vico considers also the

principal types of language as expressions of analogous social content or as

products and tools of particular social groups. […] This is closely related to

the thesis that language is an instrument of power)» (Id.,

Storia e lingua

, cit., pp.

150, 153).